A few weeks ago, my son started a dental practice in Chesapeake, Virginia.
After a year, I wanted to know how he was doing.
After all, we were supposed to get his license soon, and I wanted him to have it.
I was skeptical, and it didn’t look like it would happen.
So I emailed the state and the Virginia Board of Dental Examiners.
I wrote that my son’s dental practice was in a good location and had a good dentist.
And I wanted the license.
The only problem was that my husband had the license himself, and we both agreed it was a waste of time and money.
So we wrote back to both sides, saying we had an agreement to keep our mouths shut and not get involved.
I told them my husband was the one who wanted the dental license and that my wife was just trying to get it for her son.
I wasn’t being sarcastic.
My son wanted the DFA, but we were all agreeing that if we could do it on his terms, we could.
We agreed that I could tell my son, but I would tell him we were not getting involved and that I would help him.
And that’s when we got into a little debate about who could be our next dentist.
A few days later, I got a call from the DGA.
We were the only two practicing in the state.
I went to see the DGS director, who confirmed that I had signed a document agreeing to my son getting a dental license.
And so we signed, and on Wednesday, April 3, 2018, the license was issued.
As we were leaving, my wife asked, “How can I tell you?
I said, “We signed this.
We’re getting it now.”
I also wanted to get the license, because I felt it would be a good thing to tell my family.
It was a great feeling to get my son an opportunity to practice, and as we sat at the table at the dentist’s office, my husband, our son and I exchanged smiles.
After that, my first dental license was approved.
My husband has since gotten a dental tattoo.
And my husband has been able to practice as an orthodontist.
But I’m still worried about my son and the DOA and the other licensing agencies.
We are not getting the licenses because of my son.
My experience with the DSA was not enough for me to get an exemption to the DBA, and now I have to wait a year before I get an opportunity.
The DGA’s new license program has me wondering whether the Dental Association will be a part of it.
A lot of the new rules have me concerned about how the DDA will be handled.
How will the DAs own dental practice and operate it?
Will they be paid to administer the dental exams?
Will DAs be required to obtain an operating license?
I am wondering how many people in the dental field will have to apply to be licensed and what kind of benefits will they receive if they are licensed.
I don’t know how they will determine the eligibility of the people who want to practice.
My hope is that they will allow for all of the patients to have a right to practice dentistry, but they will also set up a process that will allow everyone to be eligible for a license if they can demonstrate their dental competency and meet all of their requirements.
As I watch these new rules in action, I am curious what the DAG’s position will be on these issues.
Will it be that the DA will decide who is eligible for licenses and that those who are not should have their dental license denied?
Or will the agency decide what type of licenses should be given and whether that is a public or private dental practice?
Will it decide that a person who is not a dental professional, but who has a good dental practice, should be allowed to practice dental care in Virginia?
We should know in the coming weeks.
But for now, my family and I are waiting to see what the next step is.
And we know what will happen: It’s going to be a long road to getting a license.
So if you or someone you know needs a dental exam, call the DVA.
They can help you get a free dental exam from a DVA accredited dental clinic, or you can call the local DDA office.